Hacienda Cusin was built at the beginning of the 17th century and has recently been converted to a country house inn offering a range of guest accommodation.
The hacienda is set in some 7 acres of lush gardens complete with hundreds of trees, patios, fountains, many species of orchids and over 50 species of birds, which guests are welcome to explore using the sefl-guided tour book and map available from reception. The hacienda offers a variety of activities including hiking, climbing, mountain biking and horse riding. It is also possible to visit local villages and, of course, the famous Otavalo market, which is about a 20 minute drive away.
Guests are accommodated in rooms, suites and garden cottages, all with ensuite bathroom, garden and mountain views. The hacienda has a dining room complete with fireplace, bar, library with books and DVDs, garden reading room, games room with billiards, darts and table tennis and a squash court.
The dining room is open for breakfast - a wonderful meal including fresh fruits, juices, homemade bread and jam, lunch and dinner. Enjoy an atmospheric candle-lit dinner by the log fire. Barbecues are sometimes arranged in the gardens for delicious al fresco dining.
Open: All year.
Location: Hacienda Cusin is near the village of San Pablo del Lago, about 15 minutes from the market town of Otavalo.
Rooms: The guest rooms are individually decorated and are furnished and feature locally-made textiles, handicrafts and antiques. The rooms have windows looking out onto either the gardens or mountains and have a fireplace or heater, for welcome warmth on cooler days and evenings. They are all en-suite. Some of the rooms are in the main building and others are self-contained cottages in the gardens. The latter are well suited to honeymooners or people wanting a little more privacy.
Activities: Guests can explore the several acres of gardens where a selection of animals live, including llamas, peacocks, rabbits and horses. The birdlife is prolific. There is a self-guided tour of the property guests can take. They also have access to basketball and volleyball courts. Horse riding and mountain biking are also available â€“ to be arranged and paid for locally.
Facilities: The dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also a private dining room for up to 12 guests. Barbeques and picnics are served on the main lawn. The hacienda has a games room for billiards, darts and ping pong and various board games, a lounge and a library with DVDs and videos for guest use. There is a small gift shop.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Children under 5 years of age stay free of charge when sharing a room with adults.
Health: Hacienda Cusin is not in a malarial area.
Communication:There is free Wi-Fi internet access.
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"Fairy-tail place! Warm fire burning a night meant it was hard to leave some of the public areas at night, but knowing that housekeping had turned on the heating and added hot-water bottles to the bed made easier to leave. Chatting to the owners over breakfast made you realise why they bought it too. "